A Matter of Knowing What To Do

Three weeks from today, we celebrate those in the armed forces who died while serving our country. You may pay respects by having a party, arguing whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich. (It’s meat between two pieces of bread, after all.) Some of you may choose to work in a last tune-up round of golf in preparation for this year’s Cup.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to get tuned up. Start now so that you don't end up on some motivational "failing to prepare is preparing to fail" poster or some such nonsense.

As a new feature in May, longtime Cuppers will offer up their tips and advice—the things not written up in Golf Digest—to help you survive and thrive, and perhaps even become a betting favorite at this year’s Whitey Cup. (Who are we kidding—you’re not the betting favorite unless your name rhymes with Play Machete.)

The first tip comes from Lindy, who has played in 24 of 25 Cups—his only miss coming as a result of a torn Achilles tendon during an especially athletic move in a basketball game. I am not making this up: Lindy was receiving an inbounds pass and crumpled to the floor. But I digress.

As you know, we don’t always play in favorable conditions. Rain, wind, and Roger’s body odor can impact a round. Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. It’s not like we can, you know, access the latest radar and pinpoint the zip code on our phones. Wouldn’t that be cool? Lindy

So in those times where you are caught unprepared for changing weather, it helps to improvise. For Lindy, this means taking the golf club cover normally used to keep your clubs dry and using it as a rain hat to whisk away water so you can laser-focus on a shot.

But you can’t just stick it on your head. The best way to use this trick is to unzip it to allow your face to peek through the open area. The bottom of the zipper stays snug to your chin and the top matches the curve of your dome to form a bond that even the staunchest rain cannot penetrate.

Have a non-standard tip for the group? Let the executive committee know and your knowledge may be published!

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